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The studiOpera Project Presented in Munich

 

Between November 5th and 7th, 2010 one of the two annual conferences organized by Opera Europa – the international association of opera companies and festivals in Europe, was held in Munich. The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) is one of the 116 members, which, since March 2008, when it joined the organization, has taken part in all the major events managed by the organization.
Held under the title "Exploring the Future", the event was hosted by the Bayerische Staatsoper (one of the major European opera theaters) and by the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz (a company bringing to the public not only lyrical productions, but also operetta ones, musical performances etc.). Among the topics addressed at the conferences and the organised meetings, there were: opera houses beyond the European borders, financial models for the opera houses of tomorrow, cultural policies which influence the way in which lyric theaters function, co-production projects, planning the European Opera Days – the 2011 edition.musical ş.a). Four members of the studiOpera team participated in this event: Catalin A. Ionescu – cultural management responsible (General Director of ONB), Emil Popescu – technical responsible (Technical Director of ONB), Daniela Plopeanu – Image and Communication Responsible (PR specialist of The Ballet and Opera Experimental Studio “Ludovic Spiess” within ONB) and Cristina Barbulescu – Web Communication Assistant (coordinator of the Image, Promotion, Communication Service of ONB).

At the conference, which had as theme the issue of professional training of the specialists working in lyric theaters, Daniela Plopeanu and Cristina Barbulescu presented the partial results of the studiOpera project (after the first year of implementation), as well as issues related to the next phase (training the future trainers who will teach the pilot courses). The presentation done by the studiOpera team members was followed by a discussion with the conference participants, interested in learning more about the project and about the possible ways of expanding it at an international level, by organizing exchanges of experience.
The event in Munich brought together representatives of the major European companies and opera festivals. Among the institutions participating in the event there were: Wiener Staatsoper and Volksoper Wien, La Monnaie (Brussels), Royal Opera House (London), Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (Croatia), National Theatre in Prague, National Theatre in Brno (Czech Republic), Royal Danish Theatre (Copenhagen), Finnish National Theatre (Helsinki), Opera National de Lyon, Opera de Lille, Opera de Dijon, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), Comic Opera Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Greek National Opera (Athens), Teatro Massimo Vittorio Emanuele (Palermo), Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona), Teatro Real (Madrid), etc.

The Munich conference was also attended by Ioan Holender, who has one of the longest careers as General Director of an Opera House, running, until recently, the Wiener Staatsoper.

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